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Alternative Treatment for Anxiety

Alternative treatment is available if you are suffering from anxiety

While a certain amount of anxiety is perfectly normal and does not require treatment, anxiety can indeed become very serious, preventing one from living life to the fullest.

Too Calm?However, because people do want to enjoy life fully, they may be opposed to taking medications that may make them “too calm.” For those people, there are alternative treatments for anxiety.

First and foremost, you need to discuss your anxiety with your doctor, and let him or her know that you prefer more natural treatment.
Let the doctor know that you would prefer not to take chemical medications. In most cases, your doctor will listen to you and will make suggestions for alternative treatment, although counseling may also be suggested.

Many herbs will help in the treatment of anxiety. These can be cooked with, in many cases, or taken as a tea. Green tea and kava tea are very popular choices, as well as chamomile tea.

Along with the ingestion of certain herbs, you may also want to include aromatherapy in your treatment. This is done with essential oil of certain herbs.

Scents that work well for calming include rose, basil, juniper, sage, marjoram, bay, ylang-ylang, lavender, cinnamon, sandalwood, hyssop, comfrey, patchouli, geranium, bergamot, cedar wood, frankincense, orange blossom, Melissa, cypress, and chamomile.

For the relief from stress, you should consider chamomile, sandalwood, lavender, peppermint, marjoram, geranium, and Melissa.

Aside from herbal therapy and aromatherapy, you may also want to consider acupuncture, massage therapy, and deep breathing exercises for the relief of anxiety.

Again, there is an alternative treatment available if you are suffering from anxiety, but you still need to work with your doctor to get the right treatment for you.

Note that not all treatments will work right away, and may require a little time and patience on your part. Make sure that your doctor stays up to date with what you are doing, and try to ease the anxiety.

Review of the product Yogi Kava Stress Relief Tea:

Yogi Kava Stress Relief Tea

I bought this Yogi Kava Stress Relief Tea in order to be able to fall asleep. I wasn’t expecting anything more than perhaps a placebo effect from drinking something warm. I did not know what Kava was and had never heard of it. Well, after one cup, I felt “carefree”, and yes, relaxed, but my mental abilities were sharp.

I didn’t believe it was the tea really, and waited another week to have another cup, and yes, had the same results.

It hasn’t made me sleepy or drowsy, just takes the nervousness and anxiety down one or two notches, allowing me to lay down and not think about things.

I have since done quit a bit of research on what is available and have decided that as long as the kava is prepared from the root and does not use ethanol or other chemicals, the risk of hepatotoxicity should be lessened if not deleted.

This stuff is much better than taking a drug such as diphenhydramine. You should be able to stay alert and focused with Kava, not so with diphenhydramine.

Highly recommend this tea for those occasions where anxiety or stress are impacting you negatively. I have not experienced any numbing, pain relief and any GI issues but I only have one cup a week, maybe one cup every 10 days.

Vagus Nerve Stimulator as an Anti Depression Device

Vagus Nerve Stimulator as an Anti Depression Device

Anti depression tools are rare.

There is, of course, therapy. Electroshock therapy can sometimes be effective but has largely fallen out of favor. Otherwise, those treating depression is limited to the use of antidepressant pharmaceuticals to deal with the disorder. After those three options are exhausted, few alternatives exist. That may soon change. The United States FDA (Food and Drug Administration) is considering approving the vagus nerve stimulator, an electronic device that is implanted in the chest of a patient, as a means of tackling depression.

Vagus Nerve StimulatorThe nerve stimulator is somewhat akin to a pacemaker. Wires run from it to the neck, where a nerve connected to the brain in stimulated. The vagus nerve stimulator has been used to treat epilepsy, but now its manufacturer is arguing that it can be used to effectively as an anti depression tool for many patients who appear to be resistant to medications.

The issue of approving the vagus nerve stimulator for use in combating depression is somewhat controversial.

Critics complain that there is little hard evidence to suggest that the device has a significant chance of success. They point to studies that question whether the vagus nerve stimulator is a more effective anti depression tool than placebos. They also note that even the proponents of the stimulator are not even sure why the product might serve an anti depression function. In fairness, the critics will concede that the same study did show a significant improvement in mood and disposition for some patients. Most, however, did not experience a notable change in their condition. Only seventeen of over one hundred participants in one study noted any positive change. Among who underwent and implant but never had the device turned on, eleven reported improved moods. Backed by testimonials by those who found the nerve stimulator to be a credible anti depression tool and a paucity of alternative treatment regimens for those who are medically-resistance, the device is inching closer and closer to approval despite the somewhat shaky nature of available evidence.

Cycle of depressionThere seems to be limited negative repercussions associated with the use of the vagus nerve stimulator. This means; in situations where other interventions have failed, it may be an option worth pursuing. Depression is a growing epidemic, and the limited number of treatment tools available to practitioners to treat the disorder can be problematic, especially in cases where a depressed patient fails to respond to the use of popular antidepressant medications. All predictions indicate that the number of depression diagnoses will continue to move upward at a rapid pace. In the near future, another tool may be available to deal with depression: the vagus nerve stimulator.

Although the overall effectiveness of the implant is still in question, its effectiveness for some patients may encourage its “last case” used for some patients seeking an anti depression product.